Sam received two BS degrees in December 2010 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Computer Engineering. He also received a MS in May 2012 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Electrical Engineering. His MS research work was in “Classification of Genomic Sequences by Latent Semantic Analysis.” He did his lab rotations in Dr. Robin Dowell's lab in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, in Dr. Rob Knight's lab in Biochemistry and in Dr. Manuel Lladser's lab in Applied Mathematics. Sam joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department in fall 2013 and Dr. Aaron Clauset was his advisor.
Sam's research interests include applications of complex network analysis and machine learning to problems in the emerging field of computational social science, as well as biomedical research. His most recent work takes a systems-level approach to studying the scientific workforce, exploring factors that determine the composition and productivity of tenure-track faculty, including gender and the prestige of affiliated universities. In addition, Sam's research includes predicting health state variables from human microbiome samples and, separately, improving surgical procedures for treating heart rhythm disorders. Sam graduated in Summer 2017.